updated 10:55 am EDT, Fri August 26, 2011
Could join TSMC, Samsung in chipwork
Packaging and testing firm Siliconware Precision Industries is likely to join work on Apple's A6 processor, industry sources allege. Apple officials are said to have recently visited SPIL's assembly line and engaged in talks. SPIL has so far denied any speculation, but Apple's suppliers are typically hesitant to talk about connections with Apple and/or other clients.
The interest in SPIL is thought represent part of Apple's gradual drift away from Samsung. While Samsung handles virtually all aspects of A4 production, and is also thought to be the main producer for the A5, Apple has recruited TSMC for trial production of the A6. Samsung will likely still play a major role, but Apple may want multiple parties involved to cope with demand, and to sever some ties because of ongoing legal battles.
The A6 will likely feature first in the iPad 3, then later in an iPhone 6. Apple has yet to launch a product with the A5 other than the iPad 2; that is expected to change next month, when new iPods and a new iPhone will likely be announced. The new iPhone may only ship in October, though.